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Link between language impaired children and mental health

Children with specific language impairments (SLI) are more likely to develop mental health issues in later childhood and adolescent years.

Research shows that children with SLIs were twice as likely to be diagnosed with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or emotional or behavioural difficulties, compared to children with no known language problems.

The study aims to establish a better understanding and improvement of the mental health of children and adolescence with SLI.

Read more at Australian National University

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  1. Shaun Goh

    PhD Candidate

    I am a co-author of the research article that this news release is based on. I will be checking this website semi-regularly and am more then happy to respond to any comments or questions. Further information about my thesis and an online study investigating psychological development in children (with and without language difficulties) can be found at